Watermelon Pops: Real Fruit Frozen Treats Your Kids Will Love

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Most kids love popsicles, especially after playing outside in the Miami heat. Parents, however, might not love pumping their kids full of added sugar and artificial colors. These easy-to-make, real fruit watermelon pops are a great substitute your kids will love.

In full transparency though, I do believe all foods can fit into our diet. It’s totally okay to let your kids have sugary popsicles too. I certainly let my kids have them just as often as I do the healthier types.

A frozen watermelon pop (Watermelon Pops: Real Fruit Frozen Treats Your Kids Will Love Dina Garcia Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

One of the best ways to get your kids excited to eat healthy alternatives to their favorite foods is to get them involved in the production process. These watermelon pops are so easy to make almost any age kid will be able to help.

For my kids there is something just fun about fruit, in its mostly whole form, being frozen and eaten on a stick.

After spending some time out in the Miami heat my kids can come inside and mow down nearly a dozen of these frozen treats. And I certainly let them at it. Watermelon is very hydrating because of its high water and potassium content. It also gives you a healthy dose of vitamin C, vitamin A, carotenoids, and phytonutrients.  

If you want to add a little Latin flair to these already delicious pops, sprinkle some Tajin on top before enjoying.

A frozen watermelon pop (Watermelon Pops: Real Fruit Frozen Treats Your Kids Will Love Dina Garcia Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

Real Fruit Watermelon Pops

Dina Garcia
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 Seedless Watermelon (cut using 2 longways slices)
  • 20 popsicle sticks (there will likely be extra)

Instructions
 

  • Cut the ¼ watermelon piece into ¾ inch triangle slices. Note: you may have to discard or eat the end pieces. Then cut the triangles in half or into thirds to make them the desired size.
  • Remove any visible seeds from the watermelon triangles.
  • Insert popsicle stick through the middle of the green rind about 2 inches into the watermelon.
  • Place watermelon pops onto a baking sheet. Place baking sheet into freezer and freeze for 2-3 hours before enjoying. You may need to use 2 baking sheets.

Notes

Tips and tricks:
If you are having trouble getting the popsicle sticks through the rind you can first make an incision with a knife.  You can also use lollipop sticks which are easier to insert but harder for little hands to hold onto when attached to something heavy like a watermelon slice.
 
Let us know in the comments if you make these and if your kids liked or loved them.
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After healing her relationship with food and reversing her pre-diabetes, Dina Garcia has developed a true passion for helping others live the happy, healthy lives they deserve, free from preoccupations with food and body image. As a dietitian-nutritionist, mindful eating coach, and founder of Vida Nutrition and Conscious Living, she is all about helping her clients ditch diets, build a healthy relationship with food and find practical solutions that make healthy eating DO-able. She’s constantly juggling motherhood and entrepreneurship but enjoys the flexibility that being her own boss provides her family. Dina has been featured in CBS Miami, Bustle, Self, Women’s Health, Livestrong, Thrillest, Simple Most, Business News Daily and more. She completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics in 2005 at Ball State University, then her supervised practice in 2006 at California State University, Fresno. You can follow Dina here: IG: instagram.com/dietitiandina FB: facebook.com/myvidanutrition blog: vidanutrition.com/blog

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